English country singer, songwriter and doctor Hank Wangford on his irreverent attitude to country and western music.
Country music singer Hank Wangford was born Samuel Hutt in1940. In parallel with his music career he works as a gynaecologist in a London family planning clinic.
Hank Wangford is playing in Ireland for the third time in October 1986. Interviewed on a horse called Charlie, he talks about how he first became interested in country music. He puts it down to a chance meeting with American singer, songwriter and former Byrds member Gram Parsons,
Before that I though country and western music was nonsense, but then I saw the light.
He honed his craft in Canada where he played and wrote, while working as a doctor,
I'd work in the daytime and I’d write in the evening.
His patients are aware Dr Sam Hutt has the alter ego Hank Wangford,
Most people are delighted.
Hank Wangford has played in New York and Nashville. While his love for country music runs deep, he is does not take himself too seriously. His irreverent attitude was treated with suspicion by some people in Nashville, but artists such Hank Snow and Webb Pierce were very friendly.
This episode of 'Evening Extra' was broadcast on 22 October 1986. The reporter is Shay Healy. The track accompanying this clip is 'Wild Thing’ by Hank Wangford.